Thursday, August 11, 2011

'Cloned voters' vanish in 24 hours - but questions remain

'Cloned voters' vanish in 24 hours - but questions remain
Kuek Ser Kuang Keng
Aug 11, 11
11:25am
Malaysiakini


One day after the existence of 'cloned voters' - voters who have more than one entry in the electoral roll - was discovered, the Election Commission (EC) has removed the 'clones' from the roll.

NONEHowever, at least one 'clone' (left) remains in the electoral roll, and there are still questions yet to be answered by both the EC and National Registration Department (NRD).

Yesterday Malaysiakini reported that at least seven voters have been found to have a 'clone' each in the electoral roll, having been registered under the same name and old identity card (IC) number, but with different MyKad numbers for the clones.

At that time, the EC online verification system showed that those names appear twice in the electoral roll, raising the question of whether they could vote twice in an election.

However, a check on he EC site this morning revealed that their 'clones' have disappeared from the same online system.

When contacted today, EC chairperson Abdul Aziz Yusof said that his commission is 'cleaning' the electoral roll on a daily basis.

“Based on daily official information from NRD through Agency Link-up System (Alis), the EC will amend or delete content on the electoral roll,” he said in a text message.

“In the case of double registration, EC will delete the not active ones subject to NRD confirmation, and the process will continue.”

The latest status of the seven voters are:

1. Shodah binti Abdul Rahman

Old IC: 4802777

First entry: MyKad 550620055800 valid in NRD website, registered in Titiwangsa, still remains in electoral roll.

Second entry: MyKad 560620055412 has no record in NRD website, registered in Titiwangsa, deleted from electoral roll.

2. Mohamad bin Ismail

Old IC: 8370614

First entry: MyKad 540405025757 valid in NRD website, registered in Setiawangsa, still remains in electoral roll.

Second entry: MyKad 540405025095 has no record in NRD website, registered in Titiwangsa, deleted from electoral roll.

3. Anderson a/l P Arputhanathan

Old IC: A0831847

First entry: MyKad 671117106499 valid in NRD website, registered in Setiawangsa, still remains in electoral roll.

Second entry: MyKad 671117105963 has no record in NRD website, registered in Titiwangsa, deleted from electoral roll.

4. Chellamah a/p Murugesu

Old IC: 7877951

First entry: MyKad 491006045672 valid in NRD website, registered in Setiawangsa, still remains in electoral roll.

Second entry: MyKad 491006015094 has no record in NRD website, registered in Titiwangsa, deleted from electoral roll.

5. Sa'ad bin Samsudin

Old IC: 1479323

First entry: MyKad 380913105681 valid in NRD website, registered in Titiwangsa, still remains in electoral roll.

NONESecond entry: MyKad 510913105553 has no record in NRD website, registered in Titiwangsa, deleted from electoral roll.

6. Mohd Rashid bin Ismail

Old IC: 6397062

First entry: MyKad 620108086991 valid in NRD website, registered in Taiping, still remains in electoral roll.

Second entry: MyKad 620108086713 valid in NRD website, registered in Bukit Gantang, deleted from electoral roll.

7. Sulong bin Jalil

Old IC: 6290844

First entry: MyKad 611110115371 valid in NRD website, registered in Hulu Terengganu, still remains in electoral roll.

Second entry: MyKad 611110015143 valid in NRD website, registered in Hulu Terengganu, deleted from electoral roll.

NONEHowever, for Mohd Rashid and Sulong, although their 'clones' have been removed from the electoral roll, both of them still have two different MyKad numbers as shown in the NRD website, which allows the people to check the status of identification documents.

According to NRD website, both MyKad belong to Sulong have been collected while Mohd Rashid still has one of his MyKad waiting to be collected at the Kuala Lumpur NRD office.

Besides these two cases, a blogger also found another voter, named Isacc Yovan a/l K Pitchay, with two MyKad, numbered 630124035077 and 630124107421, in the NRD website.

The blogger claims that Isacc, who is registered in the Lembah Pantai parliamentary constituency, previously also had a double identity in the electoral roll, which was removed by the EC today after being exposed.

This reporter has been seeking explanations from the NRD on the double MyKad issue, but the department has yet to reply.

Malaysiakini also discovered that a 'cloned voter' exposed by Indera Mahkota MP Azan Ismail of the PKR last month still remains intact in the electoral roll.

The voter, named Tham Chow Hoong (old IC: 7124612) has two entries registered in the parliamentary seat of Tanjong and Bukit Gelugor respectively, but with different MyKad numbers - 630925075968 and 630925076968.

A check with NRD website showed that the first MyKad (630925075968) is valid but there is no record for the second (630925076968).

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